Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Spotlight: Elemental Magic Series

Today, I'm featuring Brynna Curry's Elemental Magic series, a little more focused on Book 1, Earth Enchanted. This is really exciting, you guys! Check it out! :) Don't forget to enter the FAB giveaway at the end! 

Elemental Magic Series
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Elemental Magic Book 1: Earth Enchanted
Earth Enchanted by Brynna Curry

Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack’s wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv’s mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!
About the Author: 
Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity. 

When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.
Connect with Brynna: Website │TwitterFacebookStreet TeamGoodreads

Giveaway:
$10 Amazon or B&N gift card to be given away on 10/1 during the kickoff of 31 Days of Halloween
1 digital copy of series
3 digital copies of Earth Enchanted
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guest Post: Playing Your Opposite by Traci Borum

Let's all welcome Traci Borum, author of Painting the Moon, Book 1 in the Chilton Crosse series. She is currently on tour to support the newly released novel and I'm very happy to be a part of it! Today, she will shed some light on how she writes characters. It's quite interesting, really. Find out what she has to say about it here. And don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the end of this post. :) 

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When I’m brainstorming a novel, I usually always find a pretty significant piece of myself inside my main characters.  It’s just easy to relate to them if they have at least one quality that I already possess.

But what about those characters who are nothing like me?  Surprisingly, they’ve become a lot easier to flesh out than I first assumed.

Take Jill Bartleby, for instance.  She’s a minor character in my novel, Painting the Moon, and she’s pretty much nothing like me.  She’s tall and waif-like, outgoing and chatty, confident and fearless.  But I found that when I let go—when I embodied her character, tried to figure out her tone of voice, her thought processes, her decision-making—I could relax into it.  While I wrote her, I became her, in my mind.

I’ve often equated writing a novel to being an actor-director.  I tend to “stage” scenes (picture what’s in a scene, who’s standing where, what they’re holding, what they’re doing).  And I also act.  I play the roles of the characters.  I try to be them, figure out what they’re thinking, how they’ll react to something.  That’s the only way it feels genuine to me.

So, with Jill, I pretended to be her.  I moved aside my own personality as much as possible and played Jill’s role.  I wore designer clothes and enjoyed having tall, skinny legs (in real life, I’m a mere 5’1’’).  I said outrageous things with a posh British accent and lived in a fancy London townhome with a gorgeous surgeon husband.  And it was fun!  I became someone other than myself.


And perhaps that’s one of the biggest joys of writing—escaping who you are, even for a couple of hours a day—to become someone else, entirely.

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Know more about her newly released novel: 

Painting the Moon by Traci Borum
Painting the Moon by Traci Borum
Release Date: June 2014

When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint cottage and an art gallery from her famous British aunt, she’s happy to leave her boring life in San Diego and take a trip to England. A locked room, a detailed diary, and a rich history of eccentricity make her visit even more interesting. Added to that, the art gallery is on the verge of financial ruin.

Noelle is shocked to run into Adam Spencer, her childhood sweetheart. Old feelings stir, and she has to remind herself that she’s only there for a short time. Then, Adam takes on a restoration project in her area and becomes involved in the mystery her aunt has left behind. New love ignites, but Noelle doesn’t know if Adam feels the same way.

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About the Author: 


Guest Post @ My Book and My Coffee > Traci Borum, author of Painting the Moon
Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.


Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”
Connect with Traci: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Official Launch: Every Ugly Word

Good news, everyone! Today's the official launch of Aimee Salter's book with a major publisher + exciting new program! Check it out! :) 

Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. 

The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films.  All titles in the new Alloy imprint will have the advantage of being part of group that aggressively supports and promotes its properties.  

In fact, more than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100.

Every Ugly Word will be one of the first of three titles to be released under the newly launched imprint.

Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

About Every Ugly Word

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

Every Ugly Word follows 17 year old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father. 

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

About the Author: 

Aimee L. Salter - author Every Ugly Word
Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you're really thinking. And she'll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn't ask you about.
Connect with Aimee: Website | Facebook | Twitter

About Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films include Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted. 

About Amazon.com
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.



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